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Thursday, March 13
Book signing -- Visiting novelist and attorney Paula Winchester Rank will read from her novel, "The Best Interest of the Child," and sign copies at Watermelon Cottage, 410 Third St. S., in Columbus, from 4:30-7 p.m. The book, a light-hearted, fast-paced, legal action adventure is available for $10. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Craig Nies recital -- The Leslie F. Threadgill Lecture and Artist Series at Mississippi University for Women presents Craig Nies at the piano at 7:30 p.m. in Poindexter Hall. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact the MUW Department of Music, 662-241-6399.
Thursday through Sunday, March 13-16
Bulldog Classic horse show -- The Mississippi Horse Park hosts the MSU Bulldog Classic AQHA show. For more information, email email@example.com or call the Horse Park, 662-325-9350.
Saturday, March 15
"No More Strength" -- Atlanta playwright Mina Smith's inspirational play, "No More Strength," will be performed at 6 p.m. in Rent Auditorium on the Mississippi University for Women campus. Advance ticket sales only: general admission is $20. VIP seating $25. Group discounts and W student discounts available. Get tickets at nomorestrength.com. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Thursday, March 20
Noon Tunes -- Columbus' spring Noon Tunes kicks off five Thursdays of mid-day music and lunch downtown with Tatum Shappley entertaining from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Trotter Convention Center's Courtyard on Fifth Street North. Lunch by Zachary's is available for purchase. For more information, contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305.
Friday and Saturday,
Everything Garden Expo -- This expo at the Mississippi Horse Park presented by the Starkville Area Arts Council boasts garden-related vendors and speakers including Felder Rushing and Rita Randolph. $5 Expo admission; children under 6 attend free. For information, go to starkvillearts.net.
WMSV 20th Anniversary -- WMSV FM 91.1 community radio at Mississippi State University celebrates its 20th anniversary with a concert March 21 featuring The Weeks, Junior Astronomers and Heyrocco; and March 22 featuring John & Jacob, Los Colognes and Big Country's Empty Bottle, at Rick's Cafe, Starkville. For tickets, go to rickscafe.net or contact WMSV, 662-325-8481.
Saturday, March 22
Talvik neo-folk concert -- From SXSW and Lollapaloosa to the Golden Triangle: The Columbus Arts Council presents Swedish singer/songwriter Sofia Talvik in concert at 7 p.m. at the Rosenzweig Arts Center's Omnova Theater. Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door. For tickets or information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787.
Thursday, March 27
Noon Tunes -- Hayden Allen entertains at Noon Tunes from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Trotter Courtyard on Fifth Street North. Lunch by Zachary's is available for purchase. Other Noon Tunes performers include Jeffrey Rupp April 3, Melvin Mordecai April 10 and Dawn Barham April 17. For more information, contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305.
MUW hosts Olympian -- The Nell Peel Wolfe Lecture Series at MUW presents three-time Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard, winner of seven medals, in Cochran Hall. Her 6 p.m. talk, "Striving for Excellence; Olympic Success and Real Life Challenges," is free and open to the public. For more information, email Dr. Thomas Velek, firstname.lastname@example.org, call 662-241-6850, or visit web2.muw.edu/index.php/en/main-honors/.
Evgeny Rivkin recital -- The Leslie F. Threadgill Lecture and Artist Series at Mississippi University for Women presents Evgeny Rivkin at the piano at 7:30 p.m. in Poindexter Hall. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact the MUW Department of Music, 662-241-6399.
Thursday through Saturday, March 27-29
Ragtime and Jazz Festival -- The Charles Templeton Ragtime and Jazz Festival at MSU's Mitchell Memorial Library features numerous performers, a Gatsby Gala, tours of the Templeton collections, talks and more. Tickets range from $10 for a single concert to a $50 all-event badge. For information, go to library.msstate.edu/ragtime/festival or contact Lynda Graham, 662-325-6634.
Thursday through Sunday, March 27-30
MUW Homecoming -- The Long Blue Line comes home. Events include open house with the president, W Outreach Showcase, a 5K, Southern Grace Dinner, convocation and more. See events and register at muw.edu/homecoming.
Friday, March 28
Feeney exhibit reception -- The Mississippi University for Women Alumni Association Lowndes County Chapter hosts a reception celebrating "Illuminated Memory," a restrospective of art by Larry Feeney, in the Eugenia Summer Gallery on campus. The 5:30-7 p.m. event inaugurates the Larry Feeney Endowment for the gallery. Free to the public. The exhibit is up March 18-April 10. For more information, call 662-329-7341.
Saturday and Sunday,
Highland Games -- The Central Mississippi Scottish Highland Games come to the Starkville Sportsplex grounds, hosted by the Golden Triangle Celts. Music, dance and competitive events highlight this celebration. More details soon. Visit facebook.com/CentralMississippiScottishHighlandGames.
Friday March 28 through Saturday April 12
Columbus Spring Pilgrimage -- This 16-day showcase of Columbus' historic homes and churches features Catfish in the Alley catfish cooking contest, Tales from the Crypt, Artisans Alley, a floral design seminar, garden party, half-marathon, kitchen tour, Wings Over Columbus Air Show, musical events and much more. Go to visitcolumbusms.org or call the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau, 800-920-3533.
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